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Tribal Health and Wellness News March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month : the third leading cause of cancer in men and women about getting screened. Cancer Support Groups Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Tests for colon cancer screening South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or the “ I FIT” Test Please contact Sarah This test checks for occult (hidden) blood in the at 360-462-3241 stool. At home, you place a small amount of your or Christina stool from bowel movements on test cards. You at 360-273-5504 return the cards to your doctor’s offce or to a lab where they’re checked for blood. This test is for more information recommended yearly. (If blood is found, you likely Basic Information: From Your Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center Prevention Staff Colorectal will need a follow-up colonoscopy.) Support Groups will be held at all SPIPA Tribes cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or Colonoscopy rectum. Sometimes it is called colon cancer, for short. As the drawing shows, the colon is the Before this test, you will take a strong laxative to large intestine or large bowel. The rectum is the clean out the colon. A Colonoscopy is conducted CTG Healthy Cooking Class passageway that connects the colon to the anus. in a clinic or at a hospital. You are given a sedative to make you more comfortable during the test. Colorectal cancer affects both men and women You are advised not to drive or work on the day First Monday of each month at the Chehalis of all racial and ethnic groups, and is most often of the exam, because the sedative may make Tribal Community Center’s Gathering Room. found in people aged 50 years or older. For men, you sleepy, and most doctors will not perform a colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer colonoscopy unless you have someone with you April 7 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM after prostate and lung cancers. For women, who will accompany you home. During the exam, May 5 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer the doctor uses a narrow, fexible, lighted tube after breast and lung cancers. to look at the inside of the rectum and the entire Monthly Lunch Time Healthy Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer colon. During the exam, the doctor may remove killer in the United States, but it doesn’t have to polyps (abnormal growths) and collect samples of Cooking Demonstration be. If everybody aged 50 or older had regular tissue or cells for closer examination. This test is screening tests, as many as 60% of deaths from recommended every 10 years. at the Chehalis Tribal Wellness Center on the colorectal cancer could be prevented. Colon cancer screening using both the stool test following dates: Colorectal cancer screening saves lives. Screening for blood and colonoscopy are part of a good April 24 from Noon to 1:00 PM can fnd precancerous polyps—abnormal growths health maintenance program for both men and May 22 from Noon to 1:00 PM in the colon or rectum—so that they can be women over 50. Please talk to us about scheduling removed before turning into cancer. As a rule, it one for you, SPIPA Colon Health Program takes (10) years for a polyp to turn into a cancer. so you can Screening also helps fnd colorectal cancer at an prevent Presents the Fourth Annual early stage, when treatment often leads to a cure. yourself from “The Shining Light” If you are aged 50 or older, or think you may be getting cancer Walk to Prevention at higher than average risk for colorectal cancer, of the colon at the Shoalwater Bay Tribe speak with your provider or prevention team staff and rectum. DSHS Program WIC Program Mammogram Dates 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday, June 14 Monday through Friday May 6, 2014 April 10 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM For any information on the SPIPA Colon A representative from DSHS will For more information contact Christina Health Program please call Trisha Shipp Hicks be available. Contact the Chehalis For more information contact Community Wellness Manager, CTWC Chehalis Patient Navigator at 360-709-1742 Tribal Wellness Center at 360-273- Deb Shortman at at 360-709-1741 or Bobbie Bush, Program Coordinator, at 5504 to schedule an appointment. 306-709-1689 360-462-3235. Page 4   
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